Park (ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Friday September 21st will be Montreal’s first year participating in the event created to raise awareness of the value of urban space occupied by designated parking spots. Through artistic innovation, landscaping and lots of loonies Park (ing) day hopes to encourage a critical debate on the development and placement of parking spaces in a congested city such as Montreal.
The Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal will be hosting several parks in the Old Port and will be collaborating with local residents to host additional parks in surrounding neighbourhoods. In total, Montreal will have about 40 spaces transformed so keep your eyes peeled for plants, trees and bbq’s where you might normally see a Toyota or Ford.
Park (ing) day hopes to promote public transportation, biking and pedestrian-friendly landscapes within the city. Current parking prices are neither cost nor space-effective. Using the spots as green spaces enables residents to imagine what else could exist in their place.